SEARCHING FOR A CAMP SITE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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We were looking forward to reaching Cape Conran Coastal Park where we planned to set up camp for 2-3 days. The park was thickly forested with old banksia trees and the ground was a bit swampy but Sheila maneuvered the van through the narrow dirt tracks exploring camp site options; but oh dear, on exiting the van we were bombarded with huge mosquitoes and those awful pesty flies!!! Now this was early afternoon and we discussed the likely scenario at dusk!! The beach was absolutely stunning but with flies and mosquitoes buzzing along with us to the water we decided that this was not a happy camping spot.
On the way out, a stop at the park's office and a meeting with the ranger only reinforced our resolve to go; with a laconic grin she told us that in peak season the insects are not quite as bad because there are many more campers for the insects to bite! She had been living and working in this remote paradise for 11 years so we figured she was well informed.
Our next stop in search of a camp was Marlo, 20 kms west along a coastal scenic road with gaspingly gorgeous peeks at the aquamarine ocean and beach all the way. The day was very warm and sunny but Marlo’s holiday park, despite some advice from another traveller, was set back from the beach with no views and a long walk down, and again we decided to keep moving after a sandwich.
The flies and mosquitoes were again aggressive and many, and we witnessed a class of local high school students dousing themselves in litres of insect repellent before hiking down to the beach.
This Southern Wilderness Coast of Victoria is unexpectedly (for us) beautiful and we promised ourselves a revisit at a later date.